MONDAY  | MAY 13, 2019
by John Hawkins

Everybody has a gripe. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be a golfer, and the better a player you are, the more likely you’ll find something to complain about, which certainly shouldn’t discourage higher handicaps from grousing over stuff that really burns their biscuits.

What’s wrong with golf? Oh, goodness. Where do you start? It’s such a wonderful game until you start keeping score. It takes too long. Costs too much. Then you turn on the TV and it takes even longer. One guy wins and a hundredsomething others don’t, which in itself makes it a breeding ground of anguish, despair and, yes, the occasional complaint.

 


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by Len Ziehm

The best senior women’s golfers, the ones who did so much to make the Ladies PGA tour into what it is today, haven’t gotten the respect they deserve.

Their own tour barely recognized them, leaving it to Jane Blalock and the Legends Tour to provide a circuit for players after they turned 45. Thanks to major support from Steve Ferguson and Dave Harner at Indiana’s French Lick Resort, the senior women eventually got their own major championship, and five years later, in 2017, it has transitioned into the Senior LPGA Championship. The 54-hole event is played on Monday-through-Wednesday dates in October, to entice Golf Channel to provide coverage.

 


Maybe Daly could hitch a ride on beer cart at PGA
John Daly is more to be pitied than scorned, though he is widely considered to be the loveable “everyman” (“With Daly, PGA opts just to let things ride,” May 9).

Tiger Woods is vilified for his indiscretions while Daly is, for some reason, celebrated. Woods never trashed a hotel room just down the road from PGA Tour headquarters. And now the PGA of America is allowing Daly to use a cart to play at Bethpage Black in this week’s PGA Championship.

 


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Number of victories on the PGA Tour for South Korea’s Sung Kang, who won the AT&T Byron Nelson. Kang, 31, shot 4-under 67 on Sunday at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas for a 23-under 261 total and two-stroke victory over Americans Matt Every (66) and Scott Piercy (64).

 


Reversed: A decision to abandon his European Tour membership, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who had said in November that he would focus on the PGA Tour. McIlroy, 30, a four-time major champion, had become the face of the European Tour in recent years. A decision to relinquish tour membership could have affected his chances for a future Ryder Cup captaincy.

 


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FROM THE INDUSTRY

Carr Golf celebrated 30 years of father-and-son golf on May 5-7 with a special event at Pebble Beach Resorts. The event was played at Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of next month’s U.S. Open.

 

Cory Schneider, the director of instruction at The Pointe Golf Club in Powell’s Point N.C., will be one of 20 PGA professionals playing in this week’s PGA Championship. Schneider, 35, was the lone qualifier from the Carolinas PGA Section.

 

Mark Jenkins and Justin Lattanzio, members at Fountaingrove Club in Santa Rosa, Calif., pulled off an improbable longshot recently. They made back-to-back aces on Fountaingrove’s 158-yard, par-3 ninth hole on May 3. Jenkins, who carries a 3.9 handicap, shot 78, and Lattanzio, a 9.6 handicap, posted a career-best 77.

 

Dumbarnie Links, a new links course on Scotland’s east coast, is accepting tee times for play beginning May 16, 2020. The daily-fee course, designed by England’s Clive Clark, is set on 345 acres along 1½ miles of shoreline on the Balcarres Estate.

 

Puma Golf disclosed the apparel scripting for spokesmen Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland for this week’s PGA Championship in Farmingdale, N.Y. With a nod to the “warning” sign before the first tee at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Puma designers created a limited-edition Warning Pack of gear.

 


CALENDAR
May 13-15
College men: NCAA Division I regionals

TPC Myrtle Beach (S.C.); University of Louisville GC, Simpsonville, Ky.; University of Texas GC, Austin, Texas; University of Georgia GC, Athens, Ga.; Stanford (Calif.) GC; Palouse Ridge GC, Pullman, Wash.

May 15-17
Symetra: Symetra Classic

River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.

May 16-19
Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, N.C.

Web.com: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.


      
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